Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
538 Reviews
3.4
538 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, good benefits, awesome training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hardworking people, very knowledgeable and skilled reps

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs in the past several years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good people in the field, bureaucracy in decision-making

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    First and second lines of management are fair and committed. R&D efforts are outstanding. Benefits are generous.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making slows decision-making. Company is too conservative to maximize the opportunities derived from R&D. Despite stated commitments to valuing employees, actions don't back up words.

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It was great when it was Alcon, but now Novartis has bought Alcon it has changed ttremendously.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hiring a lot of new people.

    Cons

    Pay is a lot less and environment is not as close as it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain loyal to those that have been loyal to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits including 401(k) match.

    Cons

    It's a Swiss company. They do not know ow yo think or act "outside of the box". New ways of thinking and approaches are not warmly encouraged or embraced.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Work Life Integration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The compensation at Novartis is "market level", but merit increases (raises) are tiny. Occasional work from home is a common perk for those whose jobs allow it, which is a real plus.

    Cons

    Novartis no longer uses the term "work-life balance". Instead they prefer "work-life integration". That simply means you are expected to be available and actively working 24 hours a day. Emails from employees at 11pm are not uncommon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for a good manager and good team.

    Cons

    There are too many changes in the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company with overall good European style benefits package in the USA!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very stable corporation with overall good benefits, stable work, good salary, health - dental -vision insurance, and much more.....

    Cons

    Middle level management based on location does not have vision and only looks for short term benefits and achievements. Professionally trying to implement diversity and inclusion, however could not implement based on EOE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw away bureaucracy, nepotism and favoritism. Learn to identify and recognise real performers who are in the workforce at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Novartis is all about cutting costs

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent insurance and 401k and most co-workers are nice and professional

    Cons

    Low pay and little chance to advance if you are an hourly employee. Chaotic environment from lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid favoritism. Follow through on employee suggestions or problems. Above all be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership as everyone is just a number

  11.  

    Account Management

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big pharma, broad opportunities across multiple therapeutic disease states

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy found in big pharma, challenging sales environment due to healthcare reform

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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